23 Romantic Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair

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11. Messy Fishtail Braid

Fishtail braids use four strands of hair, rather than three, which instantly makes them so much harder to do than they are. Most people find these fishtail braids easier to do on their own hair than French braids, so if you’re looking for a way to save some bucks, consider doing your own wedding hair.

Messy Fishtail Braid Romantic Wedding Hairstyle

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Again, it doesn’t take a lot of work, or practice, to achieve a simple look like this messy fishtail braid, and if you start early enough, you have plenty of time to practice. Two braids have been used to create this look – one at the top using the crown piece of hair, wrapped into a messy bun, and the rest braided, pulled out a touch, and then secured so that it falls down the back.

12. Simple Updo with a Hairpiece

When you’re working through your romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair with your stylist, make sure you take any hair pieces or accessories along with you.

Romantic Wedding Updo with a Hairpiece

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It’ll be hard for your hair designer to come up with something that works when he / she doesn’t have all the tools that they’ll need to do the job, and your hair piece, veil, or flowers are really going to make a difference to the end look.

13. Rustic Braided Hairstyle

If you have highlighted hair, you’re going to need to think about the impact it will have when you have your hair up, even if you’re only looking at having half of your hair up.

Rustic Wedding Hairstyle to the Side

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If the highlights are on the top of your head, your hair will look much darker underneath, so you might find that the style doesn’t really work with what you’re looking for. There are ways around this, of course, and it doesn’t necessarily mean looking at another wedding hairstyle entirely. You could ask your regular stylist to add a few lowlights, and highlights underneath the regular top-level of hair.

14. Simple but Eye-catching

If you want to try something a little outside of what you’d normally try for your wedding day hair, don’t automatically assume that your regular hair stylist is going to be the best person for the job. They may be able to cut, colour and blow dry your hair to what you would want, but are they good with updo’s? Particularly, romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair like this one?

Simple Wavy Half Up Wedding Hairstyle


Ask to see a portfolio of wedding day hair before you finally decide on the stylist for you, and don’t be scared to shop around. Your regular stylist shouldn’t get upset with you for wanting the very best on your big day, and not everyone’s idea of romantic wedding hair is the same, you know?

15. Elegant Updo + Hairpiece

There is never a better excuse to wear some bling in your hair than on your wedding day, and with the addition of a sprig of flowers, or a diamanté hair clip, your style could be completely transformed.

Elegant Updo Wedding Hairstyle with a Hairpiece

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A veil is traditional for the big day, but when there are so many other ways to style your hair (and head) for the event, it makes sense to consider all of your options first. Styling your hair into these romantic wedding hairstyles, before adding beautiful hair accessories, could be just enough to skip the veil entirely. Who wants to cover their face when they’re wearing such beautiful makeup anyway?

16. Low Bun Updo

If you have a very specific hair design in your head, and your hairdresser tells you that they don’t think it’s a great idea, make sure you listen to what they have to say. Remember that they have been doing wedding hair for a lot longer than you have, especially if you’ve gone with a stylist that has been doing the job for a long time, and has a flourishing portfolio of work to show you.

Elegant Low Bun Wedding Hairstyle

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If they’re telling you that something may not work, there’s usually a good reason for it – what you want might not work. What’s the point in ignoring them? Hairstylists are like your mother – they’re always right, even when you don’t want to admit it.

17. Fishtail Updo

When working with braids, don’t just braid your hair, secure it, and then leave it at that. Try a few other things first. Just like the way this fishtail braid has been wrapped around the head and adorned with floral sprigs – it’s a great way of having your hair up, without it being too intricate a look at the same time.

Fishtail Braided Updo for Brides

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When you have a statement dress, you don’t want to take the attention away from it by having statement hair too. Although it’s YOUR big day, and YOU make the rules, considering wearing your hair up, rather than down, and give your glorious gown the limelight it deserves!

18. Super Romantic

It looks like Disney princess hair, which makes it perfect for when you’re on the hunt for romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair. When you have length on your side, it makes sense to use it to your advantage.

Romantic Wedding Hairstyle for Long Hair

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You can achieve a million and one more looks than you would have been able to achieve with short hair, so perhaps it’s time to look at some of the alternatives to the free-flowing wavy locks that you traditionally see.

19. Messy, Romantic Updo

When it comes to the actual big day, and making sure that everything runs without a hitch, plan hair and makeup so that you have ‘protection time’. This means that you will have plenty of time to get everyone done in case that one person turns up fashionably late … which they always seem to do.

Messy and Romantic Wedding Updo with a Hairpiece

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If you plan three hours of hair, allow for four instead. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and although these romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair are relatively simple and quick to achieve, you don’t want to stress yourself out. It’s meant to be the most important day of you’re life, and you won’t enjoy it if you’re worried about your maid of honour not having her hair done in time.

20. Bohemian Half Updo with Braids and Flowers

If you love flowers, why restrict them to just table centrepieces and bridal or bridesmaid bouquets? Just one or two beautiful buds “stolen” from your wedding day flowers could make the difference between a beautiful wedding hairstyle, and an absolutely outstanding one.

Bohemian Half Up Wedding Hairstyle with Braids and Flowers

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This just goes to show that you can use larger flowers, and not just smaller sprigs such as baby’s breath, in your romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair. It’s not too much, ties everything in with your flowers all around the place, and just adds a little something really beautiful to your hair … don’t you think? This one could just be our favourite!

21. Messy Braided Updo

When you’re sitting down with your stylist for your hair trial, get a friend to come with you. You are going to want them to take photos of you from all different angles so that you have a good idea of what you’ll look like on the big day.

Romantic Wedding Braided Updo with Flowers

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You’ll also have a chance to show your makeup artist the hairstyle you’re having, so the two can work hand in hand together. You should book your stylist about six moths before the big day, preferably longer, and the hair trial should be about 4 to 6 weeks ahead.

22. Messy Braid with Flowers

When it comes to trying to recreate that oomph at the crown, something many women find really difficult to recreate, there are a number of tips you can se. Firstly, try practicing on your hair when it’s a day or so old. Clean hair never holds a style as well as few-day-old hair. Sometimes it pays to NOT wash!

Simple Romantic Wedding Hairstyle with Fresh Flowers

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Next, blow dry your hair upside down. This helps to add volume at the roots. Dry shampoo can be used with gentle backcombing, and try using an actual backcombing brush if your regular brush doesn’t give you quite the oomph you’re looking for. Don’t be quite as tempted as you would be to reach for lots of hairspray either. This can actually weigh your look down, unless you opt for a super light hold one, and this will cause the hair to fall flat over the day. This doesn’t make for good photos, unless you’re planning on having your hair and makeup girl (or guy) at the big day itself.

23. Romantic Bridal Style

It might be a good idea to take some photos of your dress when you’re trying it on, getting measured up, and generally shopping around. The reason for this? Well, you’ll need to show your hair stylist the kind of gown you’re going to be wearing to decide on the best romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair that allow you to show everything off.

Unique and Romantic Wedding Hairstyle

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The last thing you would want, for example, is to hide a beautiful back piece on a wedding gown by wearing your hair loose and long.

When it comes to your wedding day, getting those final details right is important, and often those are the details that get forgotten about in the midst of the big frenzy. Make sure that you leave enough time to get in a trial, and plenty of consultation chats, with your hair stylist, and shop around to find the best one for the ob. Your regular hairdresser might not be the right person for this job, as great as they may be.

Above all else, have a little fun. Let your personality shine through in your romantic wedding hairstyles for long hair. Hopefully we’ve given you plenty of inspiration to do just that!

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